Senator Tom Coburn Kicks Arse
I even said “arse” so as to make it fancy pants, as befitting one who is made totally of awesome.
Switch your vote in exchange for some cushy appointment, as is the Chicago Way? Guess again. The Oklahoma Way will stop you.
“I want to send a couple messages to my colleagues in the House. If you voted no and you vote yes and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn’t going to held in the Senate, I’ve got news for you,” Coburn, a physician whose been among the Senate’s most vocal opponents of the bill, said. “It’s going to be held.”
39 Democrats voted against the bill last year. Representative Dennis Kucinich became the first Democrat to change course, as he surrendered yesterday to intense White House lobbying to support the bill.
“If you think you can cut a deal now and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn’t going to happen and be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House,” warned Coburn.
It’s heartening to see that some Republicans do have the fortitude and the spine to fight and to put the Democrats on notice. Their shady backroom and sweetheart deals will not stand. If that is how they plan to ram this bill through, think again. Or, in the case of Democrats, think at all.
(cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)